Traco to Move Impact Production, Lay Off 100
Traco will move manufacturing operations for its impact window line from its Bainbridge, Ga. facility to its Johnson City, Tenn. facility, which will result in the layoff of approximately 100 employees. The Georgia plant will continue to produce non-impact products, with about 70 employees remaining on staff.
Robin Randall, Traco vice president of marketing, stresses that the move is a restructuring rather than a sign of greater financial difficulties at the 65-year-old company. “We never want to minimize the loss of people, but this is merely a structural change,” she says. “It’s tough–you see people closing every day. We’re just doing a restructuring; not closing any business or discontinuing anything, by any means.”
Randall says that the change is “in process,” with some employees who will be laid off still working at the Bainbridge facility through the end of the year. Based in Cranberry Township, Pa., Traco added the Georgia plant in 2007.